FORMER Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Friday accused Governor Kayode Fayemi of heating up the polity.
Apparently referring to the controversy surrounding the killing of one Mr. Ayodele Jeje in Erijiyan Ekiti last weekend, Fayose criticised the government for what he described as ‘harassment of opposition in the state’, and vowed not to be intimidated or sent to exile by the government.
Fayose spoke yesterday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Ado Ekiti where he submitted the letter of his intent to contest for the governorship election under the banner of the party next year.
The former governor was the 17th aspirant on the platform of the party to declare his intention to vie for the office.
In a carnival-like ceremony that attracted his loyalists from all the 16 Local Council Areas in the state and party members from other South Western states, Fayose pledged to re-absorb into service those alleged to have been illegally sacked if elected in the 2014 governorship election.
He described caretaker committees as an aberration to the running of the Local Government administration and promised to conduct council election immediately he is sworn-in on October16, next year, boasting that he would dislodge Governor Fayemi if presented as the PDP Candidate.
Fayose’s letter of intent, which was addressed to the party chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, was submitted to the State Working Committee whose members were also present at the occasion.
The letter reads: “This is to notify you of my intention to contest for the gubernatorial primary of our great party with the intention of becoming the gubernatorial candidate and subsequently win the 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State”.
He added: “I want to assure the workers that I will address, redress all injustice committed under this administration immediately I am sworn-in on October 16, 2014” Fayose said.
He promised to forge a robust relationship with the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade and former Governor Segun Oni to ensure that the PDP wins the governorship contest.
The PDP Chairman after receiving the letter of intent assured that he and other members of the SWC would maintain neutrality in the conduct of the primary election.